The Art of Earning Money
There are three motives for which we live; we live for the body, we live for the
mind, we live for the soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other; all
are alike desirable, and no one of the three--body, mind, or soul--can live fully
if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression. It is not right or
noble to live only for the soul and deny mind or body; and it is wrong to live for
the intellect and deny body or soul.
We are all acquainted with the loathsome consequences of living for the body
and denying both mind and soul; and we see that real life means the complete
expression of all that man can give forth through body, mind, and soul.
Whatever he can say no man can be really happy or satisfied unless his body is
living fully in every function, and unless the same is true of his mind and his
soul. Wherever there is unexpressed possibility, or function not performed,
there is unsatisfied desire. Desire is possibility seeking expression, or function
Man cannot live fully in body without good food, comfortable clothing, and
warm shelter; and without freedom from excessive toil. Rest and recreation are
also necessary to his physical life.
He cannot live fully in mind without books and time to study them, without
opportunity for travel and observation, or without intellectual companionship.
To live fully in mind he must have intellectual recreations, and must surround
himself with all the objects of art and beauty he is capable of using and
appreciating. To live fully in soul, man must have love; and love is denied
expression by poverty.
A man's highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he
loves; love finds its most natural and spontaneous expression in giving. The
man who has nothing to give cannot fill his place as a husband or father, as a
citizen, or as a man.
It is in the use of material things that a man finds full life for his body, develops
his mind, and unfolds his soul. It is therefore of supreme importance to him that
he should be rich.
It is perfectly right that you should desire to be rich; if you are a normal man or
woman you cannot help doing so. It is perfectly right that you should give your
best attention to the Science of Getting Rich, for it is the noblest and most
necessary of all studies. If you neglect this study, you are derelict in your duty
to yourself, to God and humanity; for you can render to God and humanity no
greater service than to make the most of yourself.